Surfing in Morocco

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Have you ever visited a country where the official language is Arabic? If not, think of traveling to Morocco, Africa, soon. A country in North Africa, Morocco boasts beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. There are many things to do and see in Morocco. One of the main activities you must aim to do is surfing. The coastline of Morocco has many areas, which are ideal for surfing regardless of whether you have done it before.

As mentioned above, there are great areas for a surfer in this region. Before starting your trip, however, you must know where you can have memorable activities. So, to make your surfing experience in Morocco memorable and stress-free, we will give you the top places to surf in this African country.

Agadir

Let’s start with Agadir. This might not be the most superb and excellent surf destination in Morocco; however, it is an easily accessible and cheap destination. No doubt many surfers, local and international, choose Agadir. This airport connects with all major cities in Morocco, making it easily accessible to tourists and surfers.

If you have a short time, then Agadir is the ideal destination. There many amazing beaches located few miles away from the city, which will appeal to both skilled and beginner surfers. The best thing about this city is that you can unwind and relax in a spa after many hours of surfing or take pleasure in the local nightlife.

Essaouira

Essaouira has so many things to offer, such as Moulay Bouzerktoun, located in Safi City when it comes to surf sports. It is a town situated about 30 kilometers north of Essaouira and has a remarkable landscape consisting of sand dunes, hills, plains, creeks, and amazing beaches.

A lot of free surfing zones are offered in this place, and classes of tourists who have never done it in the past. For newbies, small to medium swells are safe as well as less challenging – these can be found at the Mausoleum beach break. The Essaouria Bay is ideal for newbies as well or those who want to surf for fun. Amazing waves are typically found in the southern part, where kite flying and other wind sports also happen. Many cheap and affordable lessons are provided in this renowned place too.

Tamri

This is also a perfect surfing spot in Morocco that you shouldn’t miss. This is a very good destination both for first time and intermediate surfers. It is situated between Imsouane and Taghazout.

The best thing about this place is that it is not touristic. It is perhaps the calmest and quietest surfing spot in Morocco and Atlantic Coast.

This place also attracts many local and exotic birds. If you visit this place at the best time of year, there is a chance that you will witness flamingos and you will also have the chance to do some superb bird watching.

Sidi Kaouki 

This is a very popular coastal village in Morocco where you can go surfing and at the same time witness the stunning birds. Many flamingos often visit the place surrounding the Sidi Kaouki and the narrow river that flows next to it.

This village is much less touristic compared to Essaouria. Renting a surfboard is cheaper.

You can hire a surfboard in Sidi Kaouki for as low as 100MAD a day that comes down to approximately 10USD per day. This small but amazing village is also a perfect location for camel riding and horseback riding aside from surfing.

Dakhla 

This place is situated in the southern portion of Agadir, in an area called Western Sahara. Dakhla is a place where the legal position of the territory and its sovereignty stay unresolved even at this point.

Even if this place is situated in Western Sahara, it is totally likely to visit this town and even go surfing. It is cheap to obtain a flight from Agadir or Casablanca to Dakhla. This place is very popular to the kite-surfing community. Many surfers also choose this due to the quality of the waves and amazing landscapes. The long sandy beaches make Dakhla a superb destination for surfing.

Plage Safi

This is also one of the best surfing destinations in Morocco that you must consider. It has a large beach area with rocky slabs. It often provides strong as well as powerfully curly waves for seasoned surfers.

Imsouane Bay – Devil’s Rock

A surfer’s haven, this place boasts the most extended beach break in the entire Africa, which is also amongst the most admired all over the world. If you haven’t surfed in the past and are a novice, don’t leave Morocco without going to Devil’s Rock. It provides left and right waves as well as a safe sandy bottom for beginners like you. After a tiring session, you can visit one of the local restaurants for a trouble-free relaxation as well as luscious local cuisines.

There are lots of unspoiled surfing destinations in Morocco, which any passionate surfer would like to visit.

The Best Time to Surf in Morocco

Maybe you are asking when the best time to surf in this country is. Well, the perfect time to surf is between the month of December and March. That is when the waves are at the highest, and the wind is safe. This is the time which attracts more surfers from all over the world, most especially Europeans.

On the other hand, surfing season starts in September up to April. September and October are great months to surf on the coast of Morocco since the initial winter swells arrive; usually, there’s less wind and fewer tourists.

Is it Safe in Morocco during Winter?

Morocco is perhaps not as renowned as Hawaii’s Waimea Bay and Australia Gold Coast regarding surfing; however, the waves in this country can be relatively high during the winter season. If the wind is good during winter, swells van be 13 up to 16 feet and normally are at least 300m long.

Is it Safe to Surf in Morocco?

Morocco, in general, is a safe country. Last year over 10 million visitors or tourists visited Morocco, which makes it one of the most visited countries in North Africa. With such an amazing number of visitors, the crime rate in this country is relatively low.

Surfing in this country isn’t riskier than surfing anywhere else; however, every tourist must follow safety rules.

It would be best if you always surfed with a skilled friend who can assist you in case of trouble or issues. It is also advisable to surf in places that correspond to your capability and skill. We always advise asking locals about the tides, wind, and conditions prior to going out with the surfboard at sea.

What to Bring when Surfing in Morocco

There are some things you must bring when surfing in Morocco. Some of these essentials are as follows:

  • Sunscreen

Even if the weather and the water can be cold during winter, you must not let that mislead you.

The sun can be completely vicious, which can lead to sunburn. So, make sure to bring sunscreen with you. Make sure to buy a product with SPF15 or higher to keep you safe and sound from the UV rays. This avoids sunburn and other skin issues. It is also vital to buy a product that does not come off in the sea and stay on the skin until you clean or wash it.

  • Torchlight or Headlamp

The sun in Morocco sets early during winter. You tend to meet surfers spend the night in the surfing destination. So, it is vital to bring a torchlight, so you are able to find your way back to the accommodation after partying or dinner.

  • Probiotics

In Morocco, you will be totally exposed to new food, water, and of course, bacteria. If you like to totally take pleasure in your surfing vacation and don’t need to run to the bathroom every now and then, it is a smart idea to bring probiotics powder and tablets with you.

  • Water Filter Bottle

You must avoid drinking tap water on the Morocco coast without filtering it. Exposure to bacteria can make you sick, which can ruin your vacation.

Conclusion 

Morocco is rapidly becoming popular and gaining an international reputation as a renowned surfing destination all over the world. So, it is worthwhile to visit this place if you a surfer. This place has so many things to offer and will not disappoint you. Morocco is gaining international fame as a world-renowned surfing destination.

List of all surf spots in Morocco

Overview surf spots:

  • Anchor Point
  • Banana point
  • Boilers
  • Cherry
  • Cro Cro
  • Dahomey
  • Desert Point
  • Devil’s Rock
  • Draculas’
  • Hash Point
  • Imsouane
  • Imsouane Surf
  • Killer Point
  • Oudaya
  • Panorama
  • Safi
  • Sidi Kaouki
  • Tamri
  • Unicorns’
Anchor Point
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Anchor Point Experience, Anchor Point Morocco، N1, 80022, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Banana point
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Banana Beach، Agadir 80750, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Boilers
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Can Get Busy
  • Address: N1, Cap Ghir Lighthouse, Tamri, Morocco
  • Bottom: Rocky reef
  • Hazards: Rocks, Urchin
Cherry
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 2/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Agadir, Aït Melloul 80150, Morocco
  • Bottom: Boulders
  • Hazards: None
Cro Cro
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Crocro Surf Maroc, Agadir, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Dahomey
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Dahomey Plage, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Desert Point
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Desert Point Surf House Moknari village, Tamri، Agadir 80502, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Devil’s Rock
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Devil’s Rock, Agadir 80023, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Draculas’
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Draculas’, Cap Ghir Phare, N1, Tamri, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: Rocks, Rips
Hash Point
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Taghazout, Addar15, Agadir 80022, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: Rock
Imsouane
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 4/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Imsouane, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Imsouane Surf
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Imsouane, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Killer Point
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Taghazout, Morocco (18 minutes walk from Taghazout village)
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Killers Beach
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Beach break
  • Crowded level: Mental
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Taghazout, Morocco (3 Km north of the village of Taghazout, it’s right in front of Africa Extrem Surf Camps Killer bay apartments)
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Oudaya
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Rivermouth
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Beginners
  • Address: Lot Abtal Numero 37 Temara، Rabat 12000, Morocco (Near to Oudaya Kasbah)
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Panorama
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point Break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 3/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Panorama St, Taghazout 80022, Morocco (South end of the village of Taghazout)
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: None
Safi
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Point Break
  • Crowded level: Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Safi, Morocco (Point is just north of the town of Safi)
  • Bottom: Rocky Reef
  • Hazards: Locals, Rocks
Sidi Kaouki
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Point Break
  • Crowded level: Not Too Bad
  • Surf Spot Rating: 2/5
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate surfer
  • Address: Sidi Kaouki 44125, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand & Rock
  • Hazards: None
Tamri
  • Wave direction: Right & Left
  • Wave Type: Reef Break
  • Crowded level: Can Get Busy
  • Surf Spot Rating: 1/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: N1, Tamri 80502, Morocco
  • Bottom: Sand
  • Hazards: Pollution
Unicorns’
  • Wave direction: Right
  • Wave Type: Reef Break
  • Crowded level: Empty
  • Surf Spot Rating: 5/5
  • Difficulty level: Advanced surfer
  • Address: Tamri, Morocco (Unicorns’ is just around the corner south of boilers’.)
  • Bottom: Rocky reef
  • Hazards: None

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